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Ashland OR News – August 18th, 2014

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Ashland OR News – August 18th, 2014

By Andy Harris

Welcome to our weekly blog feature – the Ashland Oregon news round-up! Simply read the short tidbits of information for a quick review of what’s happening in town, or click on the links for access to the full articles.

*Ashland had a “Drought Summit” last week to discuss the water shortage in the area, and there are real concerns that the Reeder Reservoir will slow to a trickle before the Fall rains come. Please do use water wisely!*

*Ashland Parks and Recreation department, which oversees nearly 800 acres of land, has hired a new director, Michael Black.*

Garfield Park

Garfield Park

*Ashland Parks and Recreation has also just released its autumn recreation guide. There is an extraordinary amount of options for a small town like Ashland!

*The turnover at Southern Oregon University continues, Provost James Klein has decided to retire after President Cullinan left her position earlier this summer.*

*If you’d like to catch up on all of our listed events for this week, you can do so by visiting our calendar page.

*Alan Journet from Southern Oregon Climate Action Now discusses The People’s Climate March that is coming up in New York City and around the world.

*The SOU Men’s Cross Country team is the favorite to win the Cascade Collegiate Conference in the coaches preseason poll, while the SOU Women’s Cross Country team has been voted #2 in the conference.*

*Downtown Ashland retail store Paddington Station has been nominated as a finalist for the “Store Events” category in a national awards ceremony for what is considered the Acadamy Awards for retailers.*

*For an update on all the fire related activity in the area, you can check out swofire.com.

*Pranafest is scheduled for this weekend, and local writer Jason Franklin previews the yoga, music and health festival.

*New management has taken over the Historic Ashland Armory and is aiming to modernize the facility and bring in more acts.

Historic Ashland Armory

Historic Ashland Armory

*Take a peek at some of the recent Insight to Ashland articles – providing you Ashland Oregon news you can use:

Consider a visit to the Umpqua National Forest, the North Umpqua River, Diamond Lake, the many waterfalls of the region.

Rogue Riverkeeper has a new website and app dedicated to keeping you informed on the safety of various swim spots in Southern Oregon.

We recently posted our latest installment of our “photo blog” series – flowers along the Pacific Crest Trail in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

Oregon Ground Works shares tips on gardening during the dry summer here in Southern Oregon.

From our Photo Blog series – photos from a May hike to Grizzly Peak.

We’ve added our 13th hike to our hiking section – Hiking the PCT in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

Local writer Leslie Caplan shares her opinion on the fine line between being New Age-y and simply being human.

Catch up on the happenings with the local culinary scene with our Ashland restaurant update.

Click here for access to all of our Ashland Oregon blog articles, covering various topics like the outdoors, businesses, theater, music, calendar events, nature, shopping, health and wellness, art, films and movies and more! 

*Do you have news you’d like to share in this blog feature? Please email your news to Andy at info@insighttoashland.com.

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